How 5G will improve UK mobile networks
2019 is anticipated to be the year that 5G networks arrive in the UK, with mobile data speeds expected to rise to 1gb/sec. Whilst it is a dramatic increase in the current speed of 4G internet, this is not all that 5G network connection with bring to the UK; it is the foundation that will support the larger shifts in the ways in which we use not only our mobile phones, but also other electronic devices such as driverless cars, and remote health services.
Carriers within the UK have invested £1.4bn into 5G mobile connectivity, and in a recent survey commission by O2 it was found that he 5G infrastructure could boost the UK economy by as much as £10bn per year, not to mention the time that it will save the consumer.
As mentioned earlier, 5G will introduce faster data speeds, with the transfer of data being as close to instant as possible. It will also provide lower latency, which is the response time between a user request and the action being undertaken. As mentioned earlier, this could have a massive impact surrounding mobile transactions; when a matter of seconds makes all the difference when closing sales in this day and age. The lower latency will also see benefits to self-driving cars, with Tesla’s being just one example of a self-driving car, and becoming more and more common across the UK, the lower latency could be the difference between life and death.
The increase in the number of connections that a network can hold will also be a massive improvement within the UK. With 4G networks, there is a limit on the number of connections at one point, so if you ever find yourself at a big event, for example a music concert, you may have full signal, however no internet connection, as there are too many people connected to the network. With 5G being introduced, it is anticipated that this will be a thing of the past. It will also allow internet connection in the more rural areas of the UK, many of which would currently be described as ‘connectivity dead zones’.
5G connectivity will not only impact smartphones and tablets, however the implications are far greater. The term Internet of Things (IoT) gets used a lot in the modern era; and in 2019 it is expected that 5G connectivity will have a positive impact upon the way in which the Internet of Things devices impact our daily lives. The term refers to everything that is connected in someway or another through the internet, such as driverless cars, home speaker systems and drones to name a few. Amazon have been tested using drones in the UK to deliver packages for a while now, and it is expected that with the introduction of 5G connectivity on a wider scale, Amazon drones delivering packages to your front door could soon be a reality.
5G will not only be convenient for the consumer, it will also save them time and money. O2, again, predicts that with 5G infrastructure within the home, smart fridges, and smart lighting will save householders up to £450, through lower electricity costs etc.; the implication that a wide-spread 5G connection will have upon the average UK home owner is clearly huge. These changes won’t just benefit the home owner, however, as research suggests that the NHS will also benefit from 5G connection. The fact that 5G connection will enable remote health services to be more wide-spread, means that an anticipated 1.1 million hours of GP time will be freed up per year. It has been estimated by Qualcomm that by 2035, 5G will support the production of up £8.5 trillion worth of goods and services within the UK.
Mobile banking will also benefit form the 5G connectivity. As mentioned previously, 5G connectivity will reduce latency, and therefore transaction times. The improvement of security within mobile banking is another benefit of 5G data connection; which will in turn allow for more individuals to ditch their debit and credit cards in exchange for a digital wallet. With Apple reportedly teaming up with Goldman Sachs to launch a new Credit Card, which will offer iPhone users exclusive rewards, such as up to 2% cashback, and will revolutionise the the ways consumers use credit cards; It will offer them more control over their balances, and manage their credit card debt.